the eleventh
president:
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from 1936 to 1963 and Vice-President for Medical Affairs since
1963, had also announced his retirement.4 He had been widely ac-
claimed for the qualities of leadership he had shown over three de-
cades: supervising the move of the medical school to Winston-Salem
and its expansion into a four-year program and overseeing its fast-
growing reputation as a medical center of “miraculous” achieve-
ment and promise.5 Carpenter was succeeded as Vice President by
Manson Meads, Professor of Medicine and, since 1963, dean. In
Dr. Carpenter’s words, Meads had a “wisdom, judgment, and
smoothness of administration that probably could not be sur-
passed.” He was also a congenial and warm-hearted man who
found great pleasure in the company of colleagues and friends.
I had served as Dean of the College (the first two years as “Act-
ing Dean”) since 1958. I had, from the beginning of my academic
career, thought of myself as primarily a teacher, and I enjoyed
teaching in a way that no other University activity could possibly
equal. Also, as the campus prepared for the years following Trib-
ble, I wanted to give the new president absolute freedom in form-
ing his own administration. Accordingly, I had announced—in
November 1966, months before Scales was selected—that I would
4
For a full account
of Dr. Carpenter’s
years at Wake For-
est, as well as the
history of the medi-
cal school from its
beginnings, see his
book The Story of
Medicine at Wake
Forest University
(Chapel Hill: Uni-
versity of North
Carolina, 1970).
5
“The Miracle of
Hawthorne Hill”
is an epithet that
Wake Forest physi-
cians like to use to
describe the medical
school’s remarkable
growth.
Gene Lucas and John Williard Tom Mullen
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